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Report 582: An Independent Driving Tour of Europe - 2001

By JaniceB from Ontario, Canada, Spring 2001

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Page 3 of 15: Bayeux, France

May 13, 2001 10:42

After a breakfast of very flaky rolls, baguettes and croissants, apple sauce and coffee we drove southwest to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Spectacular! Even though it was misty, we could easily see it from across the bay in Avranches. We parked at the base of the ramparts after stopping the car so sheep could cross the road. We then headed up, up, up. This small rock island was chosen by an abbot in the 900's for an abbey. The building of this incredible fortification took about 400 years. It is still used as a church by the Benedictines.

While Mom waited on a rock ledge (freezing her behind off -- it was cold and damp), Dad and I toured the abbey. Spectacular only begins to describe it. While we were in the church, they began to celebrate mass. The acoustics were wonderful for the soloist.

Afterward we returned to Bayeux and viewed the Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidery created to commemorate William conquering England in 1066. The tapestry was made shortly after that event. This was a definite highlight for embroiderers like Mom and me. The tapestry is 70 meters long and they think some is missing.

Tomorrow we head for Belgium.

Mom writes, "What a surprise to receive Mother's Day cards from all my kids so far from home. Thank you!"

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